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WELCOME It’s springtime. As we all unthaw from the winter’s darkness, one starts to have wanderlust. What’s a better way to start out the season with Vital VOICE’s Travel Issue? The first thing we encourage you to do is to take a trip to Grand Center in St. Louis and experience Briefs, our LGBTQ Theatre Festival, April 8th – 10th. In its fifth year of production, Briefs is prepared to take you to new heights with an all-star lineup of LGBTQ stories and a superstar cast. You won’t want to miss this year. Get your tickets at briefs.eventbrite.com Are you looking for something a little exotic? You don’t need to splurge on a voyage to Asia to get a taste of the Orient. Hiro Asian Kitchen in St. Louis produces one of the most authentic Kamayan dinners you’ll ever have the luxury to enjoy. April 30th, take the Amtrak to the “Paris of the Plains” for the 28th annual AIDS Walk Kansas City. This fundraiser for AIDS research and support garners thousands of committed supporters each year. It also happens to be one of KC’s biggest fundraisers of the year. Even with the advancements in the medical industry, it’s important to continue the task
of supporting such an event. The HIV/AIDS battle may be tempered, but it is far from over. Looking for an awesome place to stay in Kansas City? Try Vital VOICE’s friend Lance Pierce’s Airbnb. Airbnb has become one of the largest and fastest growing platforms to find affordable and unique lodging in this era. They were even granted access to launch in Cuba. If you haven’t had a chance to stay in an Airbnb, it’s definitely something you’ll want to check out. Even if mainstream news showcases fear of traveling, since when has the LGBT community been afraid of anything? We are a strong, influential, dedicated and adventurous society. Book your trip today. Get out there and explore your world.
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Pearl Vodka in conjunction with That Uppity Theatre Company and Vital VOICE will present the fifth annual BRIEFS: A Festival of Short LGBTQ Plays. BRIEFS is a unique venture in St. Louis that brings together numerous directors and theatrical artists to showcase the work of eight different playwrights all under one roof. BRIEFS presents theatrical work that address the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning people. The festival is targeted to a diverse and mature audience that appreciates good theatre in unique settings. Each of the eight plays run about 10 minutes or less and include a variety of comedic and serious themes and genres.
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Powell Hall - stlouisspeakerseries.org The columnist, professional humorist and Pulitzer Prize winner for commentary is the final speaker in this season’s Speaker Series at Powell Hall, presented by Maryville University.
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Fabulous Fox Theatre - fabulousfox.com The Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical details two people caught between decision and desire, as a chance encounter becomes a second chance at so much more.
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Rehab Bar & Grill - rehabstl.com Join us for “Queens to the Rescue,” a special benefit show that helps raise funds to support Michelle McCausland’s mother, who recently lost her home due to a drunk driver.
Palladium St. Louis - craftalliance.org An evening to celebrate makers and the power of craft, the Makers Ball supports the exhibition series and community education programs at Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design.
Ballpark Village - stlballparkvillage.com Saks Fifth Avenue, Saint Louis Fashion Fund and Ballpark Village are joining forces to present this one-of-a-kind men’s fashion event, celebrating the Cardinals’ opening week.
Centene Center - gmcstl.org Cabaret Risqué brings together LGBT advocates to support GMC’s mission of affirming and promoting gay culture and acceptance through music and education.
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Through education, an AIDS-free generation can be created. And for the 28th time, walk together to fight aids. aids WalK Kansas city will be held on saturday, april 30 in theis Park in which all proceeds go to help benefit the AIDS Service Foundation. This year, RuPaul’s drag Race star ivy Winters will be joining vital voice and Pearl Vodka for the Walk, so come out and join us to support the aids service foundation! the foundation works to raise money and awareness for organizations that provide shelter, medical and emergency services for the more than 5,700 men, women and children in Kansas City affected by HIV/AIDS. Contributions to the AIDS Service Foundation benefit equally the Kansas City care clinic, save inc., good samaritan Project and hope care center and asf community fund.
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Chair Building - mosaickansascity.org more 900 mosaic tiles, decorative bowls, mugs and trays created by area youth and artists will be on display for the evening, with each piece promoting a theme of “A World Without AIDS.”
Sprint Center - sprintcenter.com Springsteen and his crew of players make a stop in Kc, celebrating the 35th anniversary of thethe River, an album that is performed from beginning to end in a perfect sequence.
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Cinder Block Brewery - kc-yc.com bend & brew combines a yogi 101 class followed with some fantastic beer and cider samples. Proceeds help bring low cost fitness and health programs into the community.
Sprint Center - sprintcenter.com join the a cappella group that entertains an international following of more than 300 million views on YouTube from a catalog of fine-tuned covers to talented original songs.
Cinemark Palace at The Plaza - kcfilmfest.org The Kansas City FilmFest is the largest film festival in the Kansas City Metro Area, featuring a mix of local, national and international award-winning films screened over a period of five days.
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Kauffman Center - kauffmancenter.org the passionate and devastating masterpiece by Georges Bizet follows a corporal on his descent from soldier and lover to desperate murderer as he sends carmen to her doom.
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“Who takes the train?” “I’d rather fly.” “Driving is just easier.” The cautious comments of the common Midwesterner are endless. In a state where the highway system has easily connected us, it leaves little opportunity for mass transit to thrive. Amtrak is “clapping back” from these comments, maintaining itself as an efficient way to travel across the Show Me State while offering undeniable rates to see the country at a more approachable cost. While the train system in the United States still lags far behind its European and Asian counterparts, it still remains a viable, less expensive option for getting to your destination in casual style. It is by no means the quickest way of traveling, and in many cases it is actually takes longer than by car. But when it comes to taking an Amtrak these days, it’s all about the value – the cost coming out of your wallet, and the value of your time. Vital VOICE traded in the I-70 trek for the Missouri River Run and spent the day with Amtrak on the short quest from Kansas City to St. Louis. Starting off in Union Station in Kansas City, boarding is quick and easy with no long security checks and no checking your baggage. You hop right on, find a seat and a place to
store your things, and get comfortable. In most cases, there’s plenty of room where you are able to have two seats to yourself. With free Wi-Fi on every train and power outlets on every row, you can set up digital shop to do whatever you desire. It’s your space for the next five hours, so make it your own. Our train heads out exactly on time at 8:15 a.m. Stops along the Missouri River include Independence, Jefferson City, Hermann and Washington. The early Friday morning train was busier than expected, with a mixed crowd of commuters, vacationers and those traveling for work. Men in business casual attire sat quietly while typing away on their laptops. One businesswoman behind us forcefully arranged for a last minute-deal to go through before the weekend. We ran into a lively group of people who were headed to the Hermann wineries for the weekend – clearly pre-gaming because there’s no need for a DD. In the dining cabin, a mother and her two children were talking with one of the conductors about visiting St. Louis. There’s more to the train than just your seat – it’s about the experience, so move around and enjoy. Approaching St. Louis, you can stop in Kirkwood or make it all the way in to Gateway Station near Scottrade Center to end up right in the heart of downtown. From there, you have direct access to the Metrolink station and bus lines that connect you to your final destination. No parking or traffic tickets, no rush-hour nightmares, no sudden stops. We’re home by 1:30 p.m. having accomplished more than just playing 17 rounds of “Never Have I Ever.” Taking the train isn’t for every occasion, but a train trip is for any adventurous spirit at some point in their travels. V thevitalVOICE.com
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KANsAs City Art tour Anyone who’s been paying even moderate attention to the news lately knows two things: It’s election season and Kansas City is becoming one of the coolest cities in America to call home. It’s a town that seemingly has it all, including a world-class baseball team. But beyond baseball, you’ll discover that the vibrant arts scene is also among the top reasons people love to call KC home. The culture extends beyond the Crossroads and Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, too. It’s a region that’s home to 253 arts and cultural nonprofits and 359 artsrelated businesses, 88 of which are art galleries. While someone could spend their life enjoying the sights here, if you only have one day for the perfect arts and culture tour, then let us suggest a few stops that should be on your list.
Thou Mayest at 18th and Locust streets offers the perfect spot for a quick coffee break on the way to your next stop.
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2011 Tracy Ave, KCMO redstarstudios.org A showcase of both local artists and Red Star Studios’ national and international artists in residence, the Belger Crane Yard gallery is a place to see the next generation of coveted ceramic artists. Objectify (ending May 21) is among the handful of current exhibits. It consists of beautifully crafted animal forms that “mirror human psychology.”
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5235 Oak St, KCMO toyandminiaturemuseum.org
Created by Korey Childs as a place for artists to create, collaborate, and exhibit, the Arts Asylum is one of downtown KC’s newest gems. This April you’ll find the Miss Gay Missouri America pageant with preliminaries on April 7th and 8th and the final night and crowing on April 9th.
Don’t expect to see your old boop-it on display here; these exhibits dig deep and use
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NermAN museum of CoNtemporAry Art 5 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS nermanmuseum.org With a rotating exhibition series and a splendid permanent collection, the museum highlights Kehinde Wiley’s variation on a portrait of Russian Tsar Alexander the Great in the upstairs gallery, which replaces images of royals and aristocrats with contemporary images of young black men in traditional works. 6
5801 W 135th St, Overland Park, KS museumatpf.org
Crave art over lunch? Then devour lunch at Cafe Sebastian in the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art two minutes north while you feast your eyes on the walls covered floor-to-ceiling with art.
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1616 E 18th St, KCMO nlbm.com It seems only fitting to give this museum a nod given the city’s current relationship with baseball. Kansas City is Royals’ country, after all. Fans can delve into countless artifacts, photographs, and multi-media displays to learn about the founding of the Negro National League in Kansas City, its national history, and its players – including former KC Monarchs star and baseball legend Jackie Robinson.
toys, miniatures, and play as the frameworks for looking at life, history, and a variety of concepts. Check out The Two Hundred Year History of Black Paper Dolls, which runs through August 21st. The exhibit looks at the history of black paper dolls in popular media.
Science and history nerds prepare to delight. Prepare for an eyewidening experience inside where you will see a life-sized replica of a T-Rex skeleton, or traipse through the immersive and interactive exhibit Brain: The Inside Story to unravel the human brain’s complexity. Points for originality secured. Wrap up your day of exploring with a movie at Cinetopia next door or scurry a few minutes up the road for dinner at North Italia. V Text Godfrey riddle Art Courtesy of pArtiCipAtiNG
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with the other campers in the campgrounds. Glamping is similar to checking into a luxury hotel where your room is clean and ready to accommodate you. And our version of glamping emphasizes the privacy of a secluded campsite.
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Who are the kinds of people that go out for glamping in your experience? Who would you say this is for?
IT’S A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT. YOUR SLEEPING BAG IS COMPLETELY SOAKED THROUGH, YOU’RE SURROUNDED BY SCARY AND OBTRUSIVE NOISES AND— WORST OF ALL— YOUR SMART PHONE IS DEAD. ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU HEAR A BLOOD-CURDLING SHRIEK, “WE’VE GOT TO GET OUT OF HERE!” THEN, ALL YOU CAN REMEMBER IS RUNNING. YOU’RE RUNNING AND RUNNING AND RUNNING ALL THE WAY TO – A HOTEL. LITERALLY, ANY HOTEL.
All right, let’s back up one second. The moisture covering your sleeping bag was just rain, those sounds you heard were insects, birds and rustling tree limbs and your phone was drained because you were in the middle of nowhere with god-awful service. Sound familiar to you? That’s right. That’s exactly the scenario you were in on your worst camping trip. So, why does camping have to be such a drag? It doesn’t. Let us tell you about a little alternative known as “glamping.” That’s “glamourous camping,” otherwise known as luxury camping. To get to the bottom of this growing trend among outdoor enthusiasts that can’t stand the “roughing it” part of camping, we sat down with the owner and manager of River Island Marina Lee Crockett to chat about it.
Young or old, with or without children, boaters, bicyclists, bird watchers, hikers, and anyone who wants to have an intimate outdoor experience with many of the amenities of staying in a luxury hotel. So far, my experience is that couples where one partner wants to go camping and the other doesn’t quickly embrace our concept. It’s pretty unique to have a heated Safari Tent with a real queen bed in a secluded campsite right here in St. Charles. What can new glampers expect from glamping in your local facilities? Our version of glamping is a Safari Tent on a raised deck that overlooks a private pond right in the heart of the St. Louis area and adjacent to the Mississippi River. The Safari Tent is furnished with a queen bed with crisp, clean sheets and pillows, and we provide everything a glamper needs to experience Missouri’s outdoors and wildlife, but without roughing it (towels, flush toilets, private outdoor shower, fire pit, grill, camp stove, charcoal, and even the makings for S’mores). Most importantly, the Safari Campsite is private and secluded, yet close to yacht clubs, restaurants, casinos and shopping. And how’s the cell reception down there? What about Wi-Fi? For those that are concerned about that, we generally get good Verizon cell reception and Wi-Fi in the Marina Clubhouse. If all of this has gotten you hankering for some not so outdoorsy time with Mother Nature, you can visit StLouisLuxuryCamping.com or call (636) 250-480 to learn more about the River Island Marina’s luxury camping options. Booking prices are only $85 per night.V The River Island Marina 800 Wilson Road St. Charles, MO 63301
How did you discover this concept and how did you go about creating that experience in St. Louis? I had been exposed to glamping through a trip to South Africa. The problem is that most glamping is in exotic places like Africa, New Zealand or in the Western states like Wyoming and Montana. One must travel great distances and commit significant sums of money to have a glamping experience. Why should people choose glamping over oldfashioned camping? Plain old camping is work: packing the car, setting up the tent and campsite, finding the firewood, sleeping in sleeping bags and dealing thevitalVOICE.com
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KC Profile “The value you get for an Airbnb is much higher than what you would get at a hotel,” he says. “Our Airbnbs are luxurious condos, so you will get the best linens and a fully stocked kitchen and living room equipped with dishes and wine glasses. We want you to feel at home.”
Whether you are looking at an apartment for the night, a condo for the weekend or a castle for the month, Airbnb has been allowing people to list, discover and book accommodations around the world since its founding in 2008. Airbnb has increasingly become a trusted community marketplace for people to rent out their homes and spare rooms to travelers. At any price in more than 34,000 cities within 190 countries, Airbnb connects people to the ultimate travel experience. It is the easiest way for hosts to monetize their extra space and showcase to an audience of millions. “Airbnb is basically bringing the human back to traveling,” says Lance Pierce of Kansas City, who started his own Airbnb venture back in 2013 and has hosted to over 500 people. He currently rents out three luxury condos and is in the process of setting up a duplex. “Airbnb is really a great way for people to rent out their homes to travelers who are either coming through the area or plan to be here for awhile,” he continues. “My experience started when I would rent out my spare room and I would really get to know a lot of different guests from across the world. It’s sometimes easy to forget how much
you can connect with someone over a cup of coffee in the morning. Airbnb is bringing back the traditional ways of traveling, which was normally hosted by a particular person opposed to meeting someone at a cold front desk. Airbnb has brought the warmth back in traveling.” Since Pierce constantly has his hands in a couple of different projects, he was intrigued by the idea of Airbnb and decided to give it a chance. “I thought the concept was interesting,” he says. “So, since I was renting out my spare room, I thought I would go ahead and advertise my space on the Airbnb website. I hosted my first guest and learned a lot. I really just kept doing it because of the people I was meeting and the perspective I was getting from them. When I saw a condo open up for sale down the street from me, I went ahead and bought it and continued to expand my own Airbnb business.” Pierce rents out to all kinds of people traveling through Kansas City. From vacationers to doctors who are in the middle of their PhD rotations to surgical patients who need a place to recover for a couple of weeks, all are welcomed. “We even have a lot of people from the suburbs who rent spaces because they want to go out and have a good time on the weekend, but not drink and drive,” Pierce explains. “So they will rent a condo for the weekend.” So, are Airbnbs cheaper than staying in a regular hotel? According to Pierce, they can be, but the value makes the experience more memorable.
“The only rule we really ask people to abide by is to treat these spaces like it’s your own home,” he continues. “Maintain the property, put things back in cabinets, if you make a mess, clean it up. If you moved things from room to room, put it back. Basic things like that. Fortunately there haven’t been any horror stories thus far.” If one is interested in listing their own property, it’s an easy and straightforward process. Airbnb also provides professional photographers to come out and take pictures of your space for the website. With the thousands of Airbnbs out there, it’s time to start exploring. Check out the numerous accommodations, including Pierce’s, at airbnb.com. V
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Once a guest checks out and leaves, Pierce gives them an assessment and review based on a couple of different features, including how good they were in terms of communication, cleanliness and how they left the property. Pierce hopes for a positive assessment as well in terms of how good of a host he was, if the listing was accurate, if the check in process was easy and straightforward, etc.
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WHERE IS JONNY DRUBEL GOING? THE #RICHKID OF BEVERLY HILLS TAKES OFF IN EVERY DIRECTION
Everyone likes a lovable rich kid. Richie Rich, Paris and Nicole, Regina George – well, maybe not lovable but certainly entertaining. They’re constantly on the go, are a little too outgoing, and they simply don’t care what you think. For the likes of Jonny Drubel, star of E!’s #RichKids of Beverly Hills, his net worth might have gotten him on the show, but it’s his copious character that keeps us coming back for more. As a singer, producer, songwriter and now touring DJ, Drubel puts on a show wherever he goes. Vital VOICE sat down with the #RichKid in anticipation of the show’s fourth season premiere to talk just how many directions he plans on going with his flairs. It’s his reality, and he’s inviting you in for a taste of it. text KEVIN SCHMIDT ART MATHIEU YOUNG/E! art ?
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What kind of crowd does your DJing draw?
Where are your favorite places to travel?
Very straight, actually. I get a lot of fans, and it’s a good way to get in front of them and meet them. Even though I play mostly straight clubs, the gays come out and I love that. I can always spot them – the men jumping up and down – and I bring them up on stage. I’m hoping that it turns from #RichKids fans to fans of Jonny as a DJ and a musician.
To party, it would be Mykonos. I went last summer for nine days. I have to be honest, it was about three days too many because the liver started giving out. If I’m staying in the States, Miami is a great place to go because it’s a little taste of Europe.
As a gay man, how do you see different portions of the country in regards to their acceptance?
I really like the Hyatt brand of hotels. The Andaz is amazing and the location on 5th Ave in New York is my go-to when I am in the city – super gay-friendly and amazing service. I like that you know exactly what you are getting and there is usually one no matter where you are.
I’m from Houston and I go to the South a lot – people are very accepting there. It’s shocking to a lot of people, but Houston – to give them credit – is one of the first major cities to have an openly gay mayor. I think the country is moving in a direction where, if you notice, people are pussyfooting around the subject of gay marriage and no one is really talking about it. The Supreme Court ruled. Do you agree with it? Maybe or maybe not. But I think the country is just like, “Fuck it – live and let live.” I’m sure traveling as a DJ lends itself to a ton of wild times. What’s the most trouble you’ve gotten into on tour? I’m not going to say which hotel, but on my most recent tour, my group and I almost got kicked out. I’m not going to say what we did, but I think you can use your imagination. We got back from my set at 2 a.m. and we were up until about 7 a.m. The people next to us were not happy and neither was security – especially when one of us was passed out in the middle of the hallway. I was actually butt naked at that point, running around. April 2016
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What items are a must for travel for you? I have to have a moisturizer for the plane, my computer, my American Express card and cell phone. What items do you always forget? Wrinkle-release spray. I always forget that, and that is so handy to have to save you time and money. And Advil. I buy it at the airport, and it costs five times as much. Are you active on the dating apps while traveling? I am. I go on Grindr. I use Tinder for dating. If I’m in a place one night on tour, what’s the likelihood of dating someone there? I’m not a Scruff person, although people say I would be better using it. For me, it’s A) What does that mean? And B) Like, no.
As the self-proclaimed “youngest daddy in West Hollywood,” how has the dating scene been treating you?
you see more of an adult and very career-focused but you also see the funny, goofy side that people don’t really see a lot of in me. When I meet fans, they say, “Oh my god, you’re fucking hilarious!” And I say, “I know right?” You’ll see a lot more of that this season.
[Laughs] I usually date my age or a little but older. I’m actually in a place right now where I’m really focused on career. I was in a five-month relationship with an amazing guy. We split amicably. I’ve been single since November – I’m loving it and very much enjoy being single. I’m at a point in my life where I’m really happy with myself and I’m moving in the right direction. And if the right person comes along, that’s fantastic, but I’m not actively out there looking for it.
Any changes in the group dynamics that we should be on the lookout for?
I know you mentioned St. Louis’s own Andy Cohen as being one of your celebrity crushes. How would you describe your type?
If you could add one celebrity that you think would be a good fit on the show, who would it be?
I would say someone close to Andy Cohen, actually. I think he’s very charming and funny. And when he’s in that suit, he’s there. You know? He’s got the good chest and stuff like that, and I’ve honestly heard nothing but nice things about him. And again, it all depends on my mood, almost like my time of the month. Sometimes I’m into the All-American boy, but sometimes I want the more Jewish-looking guy. I guess I’m just all over the place.
[Laughs] Off the top of my head, I want to say Kris Jenner only because you know she would just come in and fuck shit up. You know what I mean? She would just come in and really go into it. If you want to take it in a different direction, I would say maybe a girl from Love & Hip Hop. V
This new girl, Bianca, has come in, and I’ve known Bianca for five or six years. She’s feisty. She’s Latina, and she’ll say what she wants to say. I think that viewers will be interested to see how the group dynamic does change when someone with a strong opinion and voice is thrown in.
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The season starts off with a bit of an HIV scare for you. You are known for giving advice, so what advice would you give to someone who is in a similar situation? What I was most nervous about was going into the test. In my head, the likelihood of him giving me HIV or any STD was very low because it had been such a long time between when I had sex with this guy and when I got a text to go get tested. It’s still that scary feeling of “if I don’t go, I’ll never know.” So I went the next morning and did it – get a friend to go with you. Thank God Morgan came because she can crack a joke about just anything. Laughter is how I get through things. Bite the bullet and wear a condom. I don’t care what the person says. How have you seen yourself evolve over the seasons? I would say that I’ve become much more of an adult. Season 1 I was going through it, just fucking insane. That’s the thing when you’re on a reality show is that they get the best and the worst of you. This season,
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one are the days of two-piece suits in materials designed to remain wrinkle-free over long days of travel. Headscarves and driving gloves are memories of the past. We no longer see people treating flight as a luxury, instead as just another way to travel. What can you do to improve your airport experiences? From easy upgrades to your wardrobe and some highlights on airport lounges across the world, we’re here to help remedy this epidemic with some suggestions to help you travel with first class fashion, even if your seats are in economy. We all know that flying can get a little chilly, whether it’s due to traveling to a location with a different climate or your airplane neighbor keeps their fan vent on blast. We always suggest keeping a lightweight outer layer on hand for these situations. Look for items that are linen or cotton as they will be less likely to wrinkle when hung over your arm or the back of a chair while waiting in an airport. We love the taupe Soft Coat from Peter Millar (A) - the color complements a wide range of shades, and screams sauve without feeling pretentious. You can shop more Peter Millar at local menswear hot spot, Mister Guy. Another outer layer not likely to wrinkle is a denim jacket. We love a classic Levi’s look, or you can hunt a vintage one down at your favorite thrift stores. Speaking of denim, we know Americans essentially live in jeans. They’re a go-to for so many men and women, but that doesn’t mean you can wear faded, shapeless styles. Slim silhouettes are always in, and
There is an epidemic afflicting the people of this country, and it’s something that’s often airborne. It’s not necessarily contagious but we have seen it spread quickly throughout the population in a very short period of time. We’re not talking about a sickness, but rather an affliction known as Unfashionable Flight Syndrome. Symptoms may include, but are not limited to: Wearing leggings as pants while boarding an airplane, unkempt hairstyles tucked under hats while waiting in the bag check lane and sporting sneakers with jeans. Those suffering from UFS may also fall asleep in their chairs at the airport, talk loudly on speakerphone and invade your personal space. The syndrome has developed throughout the nation over the past few decades, slowly seeping into and deteriorating the fashion sense of many, many Americans.
you can never, ever go wrong with black. We’ve been eyeballing a few pairs carried by local boutique East + West, especially the 3Sixteen Double Black Selvedge Denim (B). If you’re not familiar with selvedge denim, it’s time you save up for your first pair. These jeans are sold untreated, so the material is still and allows you to break it in, which means yours will look different than your neighbors based on your movements and pocket-stuffing habits. You’re always able to fit personality into your outfit without sacrificing comfort. Instead of rocking that decade-old college club shirt, try something new. We love a funky T-shirt that showcases a bit of your quirky side, and Waterloo’s boutique Philomena + Ruth carries a number of designs from handmade company, Culture Flock in Springfield, MO (C). If you’re into darker shades, go for their Rocketman shirt, or if you’re feeling like something lighter, try their Rebel, Rebel design. Travel style goes beyond what you’re wearing on your body. South Grand based shop Parsimonia not only has all your vintage needs, but also features a variety of other goods, including some incredible Baggu items. We were recently in Parsimonia and spied this eye-catching backpack, perfect for carrying all your in-flight necessities(D). We then discovered that it has a matching carry-all companion, so that your carryon and small personal bag can match in ultimate style. With this unique black and white pattern, they’ll be easy to keep an eye on in the airport. V
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“I need a spa day” – said myself, never. I haven’t quite understood the concept of why so many people I know are in need of such a day of being still, being rubbed down and being completely taken care of. As a professional control freak and restless spirit, a day of checking out of reality can be a bit of a challenge. But there’s something about the Four Seasons Spa & Salon in St. Louis that, no matter what kind of mood you are in or what’s on your mind, you enter into an alternate reality when you step on their premises. It’s a place where few things matter. A place where you play by their rules, and you’re more than willing to abide by every single one.
My last massage experience at a local competitor was brutal. We all have knots in our backs, but the pressure was nauseating so I thought I’d switch it up this time. For this experience, I went with the European facial. According to the Four Seasons, the facial is “synergistically formulated with advanced ageprevention ingredients: enhanced pure fluids designed for your skin’s needs and delivered with massages and manual techniques that promote skin regeneration and prevent ageing.” Sounds good? It felt even better. The experience was a 50-minute uninterrupted intermission from life itself, leaving me calm and collected, but still not quite ready to “face” the outside world. I was joined by Vital VOICE CEO Darin Slyman for the day, who was fortunate enough to experience the Four Seasons Spa by receiving a medium-pressure Swedish massage for “relaxation and enlightenment of my mental faculties,” he says. Whether you choose to go by yourself or with a group, you have plenty of options of both having alone time and relaxing in a communal setting. “I really like the lounge area a lot, but I do have to say that just hanging out in the hot tub and having conversation is my favorite,” Darin explains. “I do love the relaxation room, it’s very tranquil, very lovely. One of the things that I love the best about the Four Season Spa in general is that you can go there for one service – it can even be a manicure – and you have access to the entire spa, all day long.”
And this was quite possibly the best part – you can make an entire day of it. In addition to our respective 50-minute sessions, we were able to unwind in the hot tubs, saunas and relaxation lounges. The rooftop patio was extremely pleasant with the weather being a perfect spring day in the city. Capping off the spa day was a late lunch at Cielo, where a minor “carb splurge” was on the menu. We left with no regrets. In anticipation of Pride Month coming up this June, look into booking a 50-minute Your Choice Massage or a 50-minute Classic Facial and ask for the “Pride St. Louis Spa Package.” You’ll pay the retail rate (currently $135 for massage and $125 for facial) and $20 will be donated by Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis to Pride St. Louis, Inc. As someone who considers a day of relaxation comprising of doing the dishes and attempting to brush my cat’s teeth, I’ve learned an entire new way of taking a little time for myself to physically and, more importantly, mentally relax to regain focus, balance and inner tranquility. For now, it’s back to work, but let’s just say that I won’t be bashful in saying “see you at the spa” in the near future. V Text KEvin SCHMiDT Art CouRTESY oF FouR SEASonS ST. LouiS
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IDS Walk Kansas City, one of the oldest in the country, began 28 years ago—right when the AIDS epidemic was spreading and menacing the country. With few and far too expensive treatment options available at the time, the disease killed relentlessly.
Recently, The World Health Organization (WHO) revised its guidelines and issued a new goal and statement this past September: everyone with HIV should be given antiretroviral drugs (ART) as soon as possible after diagnosis.
“Today is so much different than it was back then,” Michael Lintecum, Events Director for AIDS Walk Kansas City, says. “We’ve made such strides in medicine and it’s no longer a death sentence.”
Previous recommendations limited treatment to those whose immune cell counts had fallen below a certain point, but this prevented many diagnosed patients from returning to treatment until they were extremely sick. The organization Doctors Without Borders also noted that one third of people who were diagnosed but not eligible to start ART never returned for treatment.
Thanks to scientific breakthroughs and better access to healthcare, medications are keeping people with HIV alive longer than ever before. We can look to the future with promise and hope, and start talking about the defeat of the disease instead of your own well-being. Though the future of HIV/AIDS looks brighter, awareness is still very important. AIDS is not a “headline” disease as it once was, so in some ways, it’s harder to get attention and raise money. “We have a whole generation that doesn’t know what it was like – they didn’t mourn the loss of their lovers, family or friends,” Lintecum says. “And it’s no longer the ‘gay white man’s disease.’ It knows no prejudice against one gender, age, ethnicity or sexual orientation. So we have to continue to fight for the cause.”
“The sooner, the better” is the new calling, which helps keep HIV treatment progressing and also reduces the likelihood of new infections. Looking at the numbers before, 28 million people were deemed eligible for ART. With these new standards, however, that number is estimated at 37 million. Proactive approaches to medicine are always applauded, but these new guidelines comes a price. The move will lead to a steep demand for ART medications, which can cost up to $3,000 per month. The money raised from AIDS Walk Kansas City is dispersed locally, primarily divided between four organizations by the AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City.
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Whenever I travel someplace, it’s always fun visiting with the locals and meeting people who actually live there. That’s the most enjoyable thing to me about traveling when doing gigs. I am honored to be a part of AIDS Walk Kansas City this year. It’s a blessing that drag has taken me to a level where I am able to make a difference and help people. I look forward to making a difference and marching with everyone. I want to accomplish so much by helping out.
Honestly, in the past few years, even when I was in high school, AIDS was well known and it was considered a scary thing. Since doing drag and traveling across the country, I am seeing how much HIV awareness there is now. Even with RuPaul’s Drag Race and the LOGO channel commercials, there are a lot more advertisements about getting tested. I think that’s a good thing and it’s going in the right direction; it’s definitely on an incline.
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Coming to KC, you’ll see a huge array of folks – all ages, all colors and all walks of life. You’ll see grandparents walking in memory of their grandchild; mothers, for daughters; friends, for friends. You’ll see young parents pushing their kids in strollers, corporate teams and social clubs. You’ll even see some local and national celebrities, including Ivy Winters, who won Miss Congeniality on the fifth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race and will be walking with Vital VOICE.
True to the cause, there is also a memorial program to honor those who’ve passed away from the disease. While walking, white banners will rise above the crowd with names of loved ones lost. “It’s a celebration of life for those not with us and for those going forward,” Lintecum says. “We all have this one dream, a dream we hope we can be realized where we know a world without AIDS.”V
“We are really lucky to have a huge amount of younger people participating,” Lintecum says. “Barriers have been broken and the prejudices that went with the disease 30 years ago aren’t stifling progress. Straight allies are supportive and much more apparent today.” “It’s a great feeling of camaraderie and good will in the community,” Lintecum continues. “It’s also wonderful because our current mayor has been a huge cheerleader for us for the past four to five years. When you get your elected official with that kind of pull and support, it helps get the message out further.” As one of the only major AIDS walks in the region, people come from across the Midwest to attend. On average, the Walk garners about 3,500 participants every year. “We’ve had people from Chicago to Omaha to Lawrence, and even as far south as Dallas,” Lintecum notes with pride. Join Pearl Vodka, Vital VOICE and Ivy Winters on Saturday, April 30 as we walk for the cause. Registration opens at 8 a.m. (don’t
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“In my Kamayan, I create a spread that is a very true and traditional flavor, but I just tweak it and put my twist on it,” Chef Malou continues. “For example, some of the traditional dishes like the stew, I reduce it or dehydrate it, and then bake or fry it so you can eat it with your hands. It takes a lot of creativity; traditional in taste and flavor, but modern in appearance.”
“The food is always exciting,” Bernie Lee, owner of Hiro Asian Kitchen, says. “A lot of the time it’s the classic, traditional dishes with a modern spin. Sometimes you do see some very classic menu items, and sometimes you will see something very unique.”
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Don’t play with your food!” Well, while mother may know best, her rules for dining at the dinner table are left at the door on Kamayan Night at Hiro Asian Kitchen. Every month, Chef Malou PerezNievera hosts the traditional Filipino dinner party where specialties like fried chicken hearts, quail wings, seafood ragout and more are literally laid out on the table for you to enjoy. Kamayan is a special Filipino way of eating, coming from the Tagalog word “kamay,” meaning hand. It literally translates to eating with your hands. Eating with your hands is part of the local culture in the Philippines and has been passed down for generations. This is the inspiration behind Kamayan Night at Hiro. Malou’s cooking is a creative
combination of traditional and modern Filipino Food. No forks, knives or spoons needed here- you will get to put your hands to work and eat Kamayan style. “It’s not necessarily the main way of eating in the Philippines,” Chef Malou explains, “but it is something that other tribes do, eating with their hands when there is a feast in their locality. It’s been done in big cities like New York and LA recently, but the concept of eating with your hands has been there for a while. When you use your hands, you’re also expressing your appreciation to the person who is cooking it.” Chef Malou attracts the interests of people from the area, both Filipino and American, who love the concept of communal dining. Being someone who is willing to try anything once, I recently joined the group of adventurous spirits at Kamayan Night, bringing just my camera and my appetite. For Chef Malou, that’s all you need.
While the food was certainly inspired by tradition, my experience with Kamayan was anything but conventional. This was definitely an Instagram-worthy experience, from the table presentation to the intimate ambiance to the food itself. But the best part was interacting with the other diners, laughing at each other’s reactions, daring each other to try new things and learning something new along the way. It was experience for all the senses, a meal to have in the moment without any other outside distractions. Attending by myself was the best idea because I was able to completely submerse myself in the culture and enjoy the experience on my own. Kamayan Night is a key addition for any St. Louisan’s “staycation” experience, and it’s unlike any dining destination I’ve seen in this city before. Bernie Lee and Chef Malou host the night once a month, and reservations are limited. To check out what’s cooking for the next Kamayan Night, visit hiroasiankitchen.com. V
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